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Google Quietly Nixes Mandatory G+ Integration With Gmail

Pope Re:Does it matter? (99 comments)

Strange. I've been able to keep my old YT account separate, though it used to keep asking to "switch" over to my G+ profile. Try logging out of every Google account you have, then log in to YT. May or may not work. it's hard to tell with Google's strange account settings.

2 hours ago
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How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

Pope Re:Proper Science is hard. (720 comments)

Many of them are amazing at jargon and obfuscation, but suck at most everything else. Many of them are very narrow and deep, making their work as obscure as it is hard.

Sounds like most computer geeks.

6 hours ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Pope Re:This is silly (349 comments)

But, in a world where everyone is selling 256K and 320K tracks, I'd rather get my music in a lossless format and convert down to VBR MP3.

LMAO. AAC is already VBR, at 256k from the iTunes store. So you want a lossless track so that you can convert it to lossy anyway, rather than getting a lossy track in the first place with no extra steps needed. Brilliant.

4 days ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Pope Re:Expert. (349 comments)

Pirate their first 3, at least they're worth a listen.

4 days ago
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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

Pope Re:Wave power can work (195 comments)

Markets, by definition, are artificial to begin with; very few are actually 'free'.

about a week ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

Pope Re:International Copyright (172 comments)

This is what I always here, same with Anime. But I don't understand why this is hard.

Anime is a whole other matter. Japanese media companies are insanely risk-averse. If they know they can guarantee a sell-out run of 20,000 BD units at 6,000 Yen a piece for Anime X in Japan only, that's all they'll do. Won't run 25,000 units and hope for selling 23,000 at full retail.

Keeping with this, they also charge an arm and a leg to foreign companies to want to translate and distribute outside Japan. Since media costs are lower in, say, the USA, they worry that Japanese fans will wait until the cheaper foreign discs come out, since they'll all have the Japanese language tracks anyway.

Everything else you mention has to do with pre-existing agreements.

about a week ago
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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

Pope Re:International Copyright (172 comments)

It's re-rendering the toilets to flush the other way that'll cost more!

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

Pope Re:Final Cut Pro library (268 comments)

Buy a few HDDs, keep their shipping containers, make a backup and ship them to a friend in a different state.

Or just put them in a safety deposit box at a local bank.

about a week ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Pope Re:$1.1 Trillion over 54 years... (538 comments)

LMAO, yeah, I'm sure the average Mexican complains daily about land lost in a war in the late 1840s.

about two weeks ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

Pope Re:RT.com? (538 comments)

"Miami Cubans" are mainly anti-Castro. Once he & his family are out of power, they'll be a lot more amenable to opening up Cuba.

about two weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Pope Re:It should be (364 comments)

You're not the only one. I get stuck behind these idiots all the time.

about two weeks ago
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GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

Pope Why not MP4? (126 comments)

Why wouldn't they choose h.264/mp4? It's playable just about anywhere these days.

about a month ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

Pope Re:Not Sharing (182 comments)

Correct. There is no such thing as the "sharing economy."

about a month ago
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

Pope Re:Absolutely not. (113 comments)

2048 is terrible. All the clones of Threes leave out important gameplay elements, making them stupidly easy.

about a month ago
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Your Phone Can Be Snooped On Using Its Gyroscope

Pope Re:The paper says... (96 comments)

So the Numbers Station folks aren't out of a job yet!

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

Pope Re:Very subjective (382 comments)

LMAO commenting on websites is a "basic freedom" now?

about a month ago

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